Crowd puller Sarjan Barkati’s family and students demand his release

Srinagar: The family of Sarjan Barkati Tuesday staged a protest demanding his immediate release from the prison. Barkati was arrested on October 1, 2016, after earning the sobriquet of “pied piper” during 2016 uprising, for his speeches and peculiar method of sloganeering that attracted large crowds.

The protest was held under the banner of ‘Fikr-o-Itiqaad’ led by Irfan Qadri. The family members including the little kids and his students participated in the peaceful protest. They were carrying placards and banners seeking release of Sarjan Barkati.

The protesters said more than 10 times the High Court quashed the detention of Sarjan Barkati but despite that he was not released. “We are his students. In Kashmir everyone demands freedom from India. If our teacher pitched for the same demand, why is he being targeted,” they said.

They said if Sarjan Barkati will not be release, her little daughters will took to roads and stage sit-in on daily basis. The protesters said that whole South Kashmir will observe shutdown on 18 Septemberagainst the continuous detention of Sarjan Barkati.

Barkati’s daughter Sugra while appealing the authorities to release her father said that: her father’s detention has badly affected their life and education, and without him, they are living a distressed life.

While talking to reporters, Shabroza, the wife of Sarjan Barkati said that she is finding it difficult to make ends meet and manage things in Barkati’s absence.

“My parents are bearing the expenses of my children. People used to come here and help but how long will we be dependent on them,” Shabrooza, who lives in a two room house with his two children, said. Her sister is also living with them to offer support. “We have no land, only a two-room old house. My husband was not earning too much money but whatever he was earning we were living a happy life with that,” she said.

As per police dossier Prior to 2016 uprising in the Valley you have organized various religious congregations at many places in South Kashmir and delivered speeches on Jehad to provoke the people especially the youth against the Indian Territory,” deputy commissioner Shopian had said in a dossier against him ordering a PSA.

“You also told the people that India has occupied the J&K State forcible as such it is obligatory for every Kashmiri Muslim to join the so-called Jihad and fight against the Indian forces for complete freedom of J&K State,” the dossier reads. (CNS)

Pulwama shuts against killing of youth

Pulwama: A complete shutdown was observed in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district against the killing of a youth by Government Forces on Tuesday.

Reports said that all shops and business establishments remained closed while public transport also remained off the roads. No organization had called for a shutdown.

Class work also remaiend suspended in all the higher secondary schools in Pulwama, Rajpora and Kakapora tehsils of this south Kashmir district.

Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Ghulam Muhammad Dar said that class work in Degree College for boys and women remained suspended on Tuesday.

The development came in the wake of killing of a civilian Fayaz Ahmed in Forces’ action during clashes in Gusoo village of the district on Monday. (CNS)

Three troopers and a civilian injured in Sopore grenade blast

Sopore : At least three Para-military troopers and a civilian were wounded when militants hurled a grenade on a CRPF party in Sangrama area of Apple Town Sopore here in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

A police official said the militants emerged in Sangrama area and lobbed a grenade on a CRPF party. The grenade exploded with a bang leaving three troopers and a civilian wounded. “They were immediately shifted to hospital and all the injured are stable,” he added.

Shortly after the blast, a search operation was launched to nab the militants.

Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Taiba claimed responsibility of the attack.

The spokesperson Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement to CNS said that the cadres attacked CRPF at Sangrahama in which five troopers were injured. (CNS)

Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society condemns crack down on HR activists and liberal voices

Srinagar: “Since last 7 decades, the Indian government has routinized the victimization of the voices of dissent in Jammu and Kashmir, either by arresting the political leaders, activists, journalists and also by imposing various kinds of restrictions. Recently, a young journalist Aasif Sultan has been arrested for one of his stories. This obviously is not the first time Kashmiri journalists or activists have been targeted for their work. This reality in Jammu and Kashmir has been largely ignored or endorsed by the vast sections of opinion makers in India,” this was stated by Spokesperson Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) on Tuesday.

“It is observed that increasingly these brutal tactics are becoming a reality for the people of India as well. Anyone questioning the ruling class is met with state violence. Human rights activists, journalists, RTI activists, environmental rights activists and simply dissenters are hounded through arrests, fake cases, mob violence, online trolling, media trials and travel restrictions. The state successfully uses media to criminalize any kind of dissent, thus creating an atmosphere of fear for activists, journalists, poets, or artists. Emboldened by the lack of accountability of its conduct against voices of dissent in Jammu and Kashmir and also across India, the state apparatus has begun its crackdown even against the most prominent activists in India. Prominent human rights activists like Gautam Navlakha, Adv. Sudha Bhardawaj, Adv. Arun Feriera, Varvara Rao and Vernon Gonsalves have recently been arrested. Luckily for them, the judiciary has intervened, unlike for those who are living on the margins.”

“Gautam Navlakha has had a very long history with people of Kashmir and with Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). He has been visiting Kashmir consistently from 1990 and has been part of several reports and campaigns, which highlighted the ugly truth about the State violence in Jammu and Kashmir. Gautam was one of the first to visit Kashmir in 1990 as a part of a fact-finding team. In a zone of extensive surveillance, Gautam’s work has been public and widely known to civil society and the State. The present allegations are therefore clearly an attempt to malign a credible rights activist whose work has consistently been principled. Gautam is one of the most respected Indians in Kashmir, for being truthful and courageous. Gautam never minced his words to even criticize the role of non-state actors when they were involved in human rights violations.”

“Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) condemns these arrests and hopes that people in India and institutions would rise to this occasion and express unconditional solidarity with these activists and all those who in a similar manner are being targeted by the ruling class for the work which is produced by them. This sustained stifling of the dissent has made India an absolute majoritarian and authoritarian regime,” the spokesperson said. (CNS)

Protest in Srinagar against Pulwama killing

Srinagar, Sep 4, CNS: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Tuesday staged a protest demonstration in Kashmir capital Srinagar against the killing of a youth by government forces in Pulwama village.

Scores of the leaders, activists and party supporters from both the factions of Hurriyat Conference headed by JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik assembled at Nowhatta area of Srinagar’s downtown outside Jamia Masjid, after Zuhar prayers and registered their protest against the killing of Fayaz Ahmed Wani, a resident of Newa Pulwama.

Wani was killed by government forces on September 03, 2018 during clashes in Gusoo Pulwama. Before Wani’s death, dozens of the villages in Pulwama were surrounded by the forces during a CASO.

Geelani concerned about killings and search operations

Srinagar: Condemning the widespread killing spree and extensive CASO’s in almost all the villages and towns of South Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani expressed his deep concern about the military concentration around Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts of South Kashmir. Paying rich tributes to Fayaz Ahmad Wani of Chewah Kalan Pulwama, a 22 year old civilian who was martyred in a direct hit fire by the Indian occupation forces, the Hurriyat leader expressed his anguish on thrusting undeclared war against the civilian population.

Terming the occupation forces as blood-thirsty for killing the innocent youth without any provocation, the Hurriyat leader said that the innocent people killed for demanding their right to self-determination can’t be justified in anyway. It is a grave violation of human rights, said Geelani.

Hurriyat chairman alleged that during the cordon and search operations in dozens of villages of South Kashmir, people were forced to stay for the whole night at the roads, streets and fields. Living under the shadow of a war like situation has created panic and an agonized atmosphere in almost all the villages of South Kashmir, said Geelani.

Elaborating the volatile situation particularly faced by the people of Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam, the Hurriyat leader said people get thrashed, beaten, humiliated without any cause, at the hands of occupation forces who have unleashed a reign of terror in the nook and corner of the South Kashmir.

Reiterating his fervent appeal to the freedom loving people especially the youth to observe a complete election boycott in the upcoming so-called Panchayat and Muncipal election, the Hurriyat leader termed the boycott of elections as the only and the last option to safeguard the movement for right to self-determination. Election boycott is also a democratic right of any individual person, said Geelani.

Elaborating the gravity of the prevailing volatile situation of the state, Geelani said the United Nations Human Rights Commission report with regard to human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir served as an eye-opener for India and put her at a defensive. The only double edged dagger which India used all along, at international fora is the so-called participation of the people in the sham elections, narrated Geelani.

Asserting on a complete election boycott Geelani urged the freedom loving people, as a matter of a democratic right, to observe a complete election boycott and create a popular atmosphere for right to self-determination so that nobody is ready to be a candidate.

Hurriyat chairman while expressing his extreme anguish on the brazen action of misbehavior displayed by the Srinagar Central Jail authorities against a senior leader Haji Ab. Gani Bhat, 65 years to force him naked in open, Geelani said it is a pity on the Jail authorities for their inhuman attitude towards the prisoners of conscience.

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